Live gig in aid of Pompeii charity bike ride

A GIG is being held next weekend to help fund an upcoming charity bike ride to Italy.

The event is at Pissarro’s in South Terrace on Sunday, July 17, from noon and has been organised by Tim Brice, the restaurant’s owner, Luca Venditto and other friends, who are embarking on a 1,500-mile cycle ride from Portsmouth (Pompey) to Pompeii on September 10.

More than 20 cyclists are taking part to raise money for the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (AGSD) UK, as Mr Venditto’s nine-year-old daughter, Jodie, suffers from the disease.

The condition means that Jodie’s liver does not give her the carbohydrates she needs back into her body and she can suffer extreme hypoglycaemia and slip into a coma.

Mr Brice said: “Luca, myself and the other guys involved are training hard, cycling anywhere between 30 and 110 miles a day in preparation for the 1,500- mile journey. It is all for a great cause and is close to Luca’s heart.

“The AGSD has helped and supported Luca and his family continually throughout his daughter Jodie’s life.

“It will be a great day next Sunday with a line-up of some brilliant bands, namely No Exit, The Lucky Ones, Soul Express, RX53, Tune Raiders, and Stone Junction.”

There will also be a barbecue accompanied by a salad bar, as well as a raffle.